Level 3 Hairdressing Apprenticeship Framework

Retail and Commercial Enterprise

Retail and Commercial Enterprise
Retail and Commercial Enterprise
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


Hairdressing is a thriving industry which offers an interesting and rewarding career to the dedicated professional.  In todays competitive business climate, it is more important now than ever for you to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Our Apprentices learn and develop the knowledge and skills required to become competent and valued employees, enabling them to progress in their career.

As an Apprentice you will be employed in a salon where you will earn a wage from day one.  Apprenticeship training will take place every week, with attendance at the Avant training centre at least every four weeks.

You will undertake the Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing.

This qualification contains both knowledge and competence units, assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment.

The Knowledge units in this qualification can be externally assessed through an onscreen test or internally assessed through a portfolio of evidence depending on context.

The competence units in this qualification are assessed through an internally and externally quality assured portfolio made up of evidence gathered during the course of the learner’s work.


You will undertake the following Mandatory Units:

  • Promote and sell products and services to clients
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Cut women’s hair to create a variety of looks
  • Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques
  • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
  • Hairdressing consultation support for colleagues

Plus you will choose two from 14 optional units

As part of the Apprenticeship, you will also be required to work towards English and Maths Functional Skills.  If you have already achieved GCSE Grade C and above or GCSE Level 4 and above, you will be exempt, otherwise you will work towards the level above that in which you have achieved.

How will it be delivered?

Training is delivered in Avant’s training centre, at the employers work place and online.

Entry requirements

  • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene.
  • Practical, organisational and social skills
  • Attention to detail
  • A creative aptitude
  • A good sense of humour/amicable nature and communication skills whether dealing face to face with clients or speaking over the telephone.
  • Reasonable level of literacy and numeracy is required
  • Interviews and initial assessments including diagnostics will be carried out with Avant before any Apprenticeship is confirmed.

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